Spain grinds to halt in national transport strike

17th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

17 October 2005, MADRID — Transport bosses and the government were locked in talks to try to end an indefinite strike called by transport workers.

17 October 2005

MADRID — Transport bosses and the government were locked in talks to try to end an indefinite strike called by transport workers.

The strike, which involves 34,000 transport companies and 150,000 lorries, began at midnight on Monday.

It affects about 60 percent of the road transport sector in Spain.

Deputy prime minister María Teresa Fernández de la Vega said she was hopeful that a deal could be reached.

Fernández de la Vega told Televisión Española: "We are at the point of reaching an agreement."

But the Spanish Confederation of Transport Companies (CETM) said they were not "so optimistic".

Transport workers called the strike to try to force the government to give them more help in dealing with rising costs due to world petrol price increases.

They also want the central government to make it easier to move goods round Spain.

Their demands include lorry lanes which are open 365 days a year.

Dulsé Díaz, CETM director of communications, said the strike had brought a majority of their members out of work across the country.

But sources at Mercas, which control food markets - the principle clients for most transport companies -  said Monday morning was a traditionally slow.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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